DIY Cloth Wipe Solution

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We’ve talked before about my love for lazy and easy recipes. Because, well quite frankly I do not have time for anything more. But I also can’t bring myself to spend unnecessary money, and baby wipes are one of the things that I put in that category. Not only are baby wipes really, really bad for the environment but with a kid using roughly 12,000 wipes in the first two years of life and those wipes costing on average 5.4 cents each…well, it adds up.

Since I have already taken the leap in cloth diapering for my youngest two children, cloth wipes seemed like a logical next step. In fact it’s kind of easier for me than disposable wipes because now the diaper and the wipe can go into the pail together.

At first I just wet each wipe with water, which worked just fine honestly, but something about it didn’t feel right. I guess I just felt like my kids butt needed to be cleaner than water alone could get it, and so to Pinterest I went. Y’all, there are tons of wipe solution recipes out there, but I dabbled with a few and eventually tweaked several together into one that worked best for my babies bottoms.

2 C Distilled Water

2 Tbsp Castile Soap

1 Tbsp Witch Hazel

2 Tbsp Fractionated Coconut Oil

3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

Mix items together and pour over wipes in container.

 

Side Hustles For The Stay At Home Mom

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Whether your working to get out of debt or not, its always nice to have a little extra money in the bank. But when your a SAHM it can be hard to find the time to go out and get a part time job, and work at home jobs are hard to manage when toddlers are roaming underfoot. So what can you do? Side hustles are the answer. Side hustles, part time income, things to do during nap times and your morning coffee. They can you as little or as much as you want, it just depends on how hard you work it.

Swagbacks

Okay, I’ve never met anyone who got rich on Swagbucks, but it is a fairly easy way to earn pocket change. I tend to try to get a couple surveys under my belt during nap time, and keep the Swagbucks watch app on the background to earn points throughout the day. Again

Ebay

What do you do when shopping is a hobby and you’re on a tight budget? Become best friends with garage and estate sales. Seriously, even just browsing gives me a tingly feeling in my soul. If you keep your eyes open it’s easy to find hidden treasures that you can then flip on eBay and Etsy (depending on how old the item is, vintage is hot!). It’s not instant cash, but patience definitely pays off in this line of work.

Home Childcare Provider

Whether it’s bringing in kids for full time care, the occasional weekend sitter job, or even hosting parents nights out complete with crafts, movies, and snacks (seriously, I’ve seen it done and it was awesome) providing childcare for other families is a way to both bring in a few extra bucks, or even provide you with a full time income.

Just make sure to check with your city and states licensing regulations, the last thing you want is to have a state worker show up at your door and shut you down. If you go the full time provider route, make sure you’re legit. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Etsy

I mentioned Etsy above, but this site is so much more than flipping your garage sale finds. Do you love to knit, sew, or have a knack for designing websites or clipart? Etsy is the place online where creators go to sell their goods, no matter what that might be. Seriously I’ve seen everything from lingerie, to felt toys, to furniture, and cloth pads. They really have everything. Setting up an Etsy store is easy and affordable, just make sure to mind your p’s and q’s. Be realistic with shipping time frames, and don’t underprice your hard work.

Teach English Online

This is the most ‘job like’ side hustle I am posting, because it really is a job. But I have heard such good things about it that I had to add it to my list. Where you a teacher in your life before SAHM’ing? If so, VIPKID is a place for you. What it is is an online platform to teach English online to kids in China. The hours are usually early mornings and late at night in US time zones, so you will be working when your children are asleep. And with pay between 7.00-9.00 per 30 minute class (or between 14.00-18.00 per hour) it’s a side hustle that can really help you see financial results.

Start A Blog

Do you love to write, have a subject you are passionate about, and know even a teeny-tiny bit about computers? Then blogging could be a great side income for you, heck with a little work and dedication it can even turn into a full time income or more! Blogs can be started for free through blogspot and wordpress, but I chose to go the not-free but still affordable route of purchasing a domain name and having and going through a webhost (I use GreenGeeks because they both affordable and are 300% powered by renewable energy and they have plans starting at only 2.95 a month currently). I purchase a premade blog template from Etsy for 13.00, and I splurged on a course from Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing for 197.00 because I knew absolutely nothing on the subject. But really what business can you start for as low as 250.00, be able to set your own hours, and have no limit on the amount of income you can make? For me it was worth every penny.

Side hustles are not limited to stay at home moms. Moms who work part time or even full time can do these things to earn a little money on the side. It just takes a lot of creativity, and a little bit of time.

Do you have another side hustle idea? What do you do to bring in income while staying at home with your kids, or even work

Minimal Waste School Supplies Must Haves

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With fall just around the corner and school years getting under way it is easy to get into a frenzy of school supplies shopping and allow thoughts of minimal waste to be put on the back burner. But going minimal waste while back to school is a lot easier than you think! Here are a few items I found that will both help our planet, and help your little scholar fill their brain.

Pencils do not have to be made with metal ends and eraser tips. These Sprout pencils, for example, can be completely zero waste and actually turn into plants when you are done using them. Of course you will still need an eraser, no one is perfect. Go for a latex free eraser to help minimize it’s impact on your planet while also keeping your pages clean.

 

Highlighters are important for taking notes, but they don’t have to be incased in plastic. Pencil highlighters are an actual thing, and won’t bleed through your paper.

Art supplies are always tricky. You can buy colored pencils made out of reforested wood, and I am dying to try out these earth paints with the littles this fall. But for crayons I will almost always go with Crayola (come on, you know they are the best and they are at least non-toxic, we cut down on waste by melting them down to reuse) and I have not yet found a plastic free marker set, but crayola has an awesome program where you can recycle markers made by them and others. Maybe you could get your child’s teacher involved to collect all the used up markers throughout the year to send to be recycled!

For older kids I am in love with these Decomposition Books, made from 100% recycled paper and chlorine free. To keep it all together I don’t think anything would last longer than an aluminum binder, but you could also choose a ReBinder made from recycled chip board. The rings even easily unscrew for easy recycling.

To carry lunch for your hungry scholars the PlanetBox is a popular option, but honestly it’s not in my budget. I am eyeing this stainless steel LunchBots box for Addi’s lunch on co-op days this year. It’s three compartments keep food separate, and it’s small enough to fit in her lunch bag easily. I’m also planning to grab a few reusable sandwich bags to hold treats and snacks for recess time.

And last, but certainly not least, no school supplies list is complete without something to carry it all in. While I have yet to find a 100% waste free backpack, I feel like JanSport is a good second option. They’re lifetime warranty on packs, bags, and luggage make them a safer bet for the environment and your budget.

Back to school can be stressful, especially as a parent. But it does not have to pack a huge punch to the planet. With a little planning and extra thought, you can easily have an earth friendly school year this year.

Oh and speaking of planning, don’t forget to check out this list to see if your state participates in tax free weekend or even a tax free week for additional school supplies savings this school year, because keeping our budget in mind is important too!